Peyton Siva didn’t much care for the NBA draft. Well, at least the parts with Kemba Walker.
The Louisville guard fared pretty well in three games against Walker’s UConn Huskies last season. The Cards won twice, Siva averaged 15.7 points and 6 assists a game – including a 19-point, 7-assist outing during the 79-78 Cardinals win on Jan. 29.
But the draft broadcast showed three Walker clips and each one seemingly had Walker smoking Siva.
“There were about three plays when he got me. They played them (on ESPN) when he got drafted. I was like, ‘OK, so those plays when he got me, they’re going to show those three after all the ones that we played against each other? OK, I have something to work on next year to not have that showing again,’” he told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A motivated Siva’s a great thing for Louisville, too. He’ll already be the league’s quickest guard – he may have been last year as well, even with Walker around – and will undoubtedly be among its top players in 2012.
And for that, Walker deserves a little credit.
“Playing against Kemba Walker was actually a good thing for me,” Siva told the paper. “Playing against him, it made me realize I’m going to go out and play my best because you don’t want to get embarrassed.”
“He never took a play off. Even if you think you’re playing good, you can have one bad play. You can’t take plays off.”
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.
The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.
News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.
LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.
Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.
Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.
Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.